Health Wars

Senate Scuttles Pro-Life Amendment

By a narrow margin, the Senate rejected an amendment to the health-care bill that would have restricted abortion coverage for people who would get subsidies to buy insurance. The result, which was 54-45, was expected, but it could cost Majority Leader Harry Reid the support of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), who threatened to filibuster the bill if it did not tighten abortion restrictions. Reid is looking to finish debate on amendments and get started on a procedural battle with Republicans that could last 10 days before the bill gets its final vote before Christmas.